Decision support: how to choose a school

Recorded Friday, June 11 at 09:00 PM

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About this livestream


We get it — you’ve got options. And with May 1 right around the corner, the time has come to decide where you truly want to go. So, join CollgeVine’s in-house decision-making expert Elias Miller this Friday for guidance on how to make one of the most important decisions of your life.

Elias will be going through the various factors you should consider when making your final matriculation decisions, from the location, environment, prestige, and cost of whatever schools have accepted you. He'll also be sharing some of his personal experience as both a first-year and then transfer applicant — so make sure not to miss this special stream before it's too late.

Your host

Undergrad College: Harvard University '17

Major: Music

Graduate College: University of Michigan, M.M.

Work Experience: Now in my fourth year at CollegeVine, I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools and have also advised and mentored thousands more through my livestreams. Apart from my work at CV, I am also a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist. I currently serve as the music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston, and I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States.

My Admissions Story: Initially interested in pursuing a career as a performing cellist, I applied almost exclusively to music schools with dual and double degree options and ultimately enrolled in the Tufts University/New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program. Unhappy with the combined program and worried I'd never feel like I was fully a student at either school, I logged back into in October of my freshman year. I can't say I went about the transfer process in the smartest way (I only applied to two schools!), but Harvard miraculously accepted me (or 'excepted me' as I wrote in a celebratory Facebook post that day - no one ever let me live that one down), and the rest was history.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Elias and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
0:30@Kadin:Hey Elias, are you running late?
32:41@AngieXOXO:Your screen is stuck
32:43@AngieXOXO:Audio too
33:42@Parent24:Ok here
33:44@AngieXOXO:Thanks working again
41:01@Kadin:Don’t move to California. It’s 100+ degrees in the summer.
45:42@Kadin:Thanks Elias
46:44@User812:Thank you!


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